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Title: Between Social Skills and Marketable Skills: The Politics of Islamic Education in 20th century Zanzibar
Author: Loimeier, Roman
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2009
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004175426
Volumes: 1; Pages: xxxii, 644
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The present volume is a pioneering study of the development of Islamic traditions of learning in 20th century Zanzibar and the role of Muslim scholars in society and politics, based on extensive fieldwork and archival research in Zanzibar (2001-2007). The volume highlights the dynamics of Muslim traditions of reform in pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial Zanzibar, focussing on the contribution of Sufi scholars (Qadiriyya, 'Alawiyya) as well as Muslim reformers (modernists, activists, ansar al-sunna) to Islamic education. It examines several types of Islamic schools (Qur'anic schools, madaris and "Islamic institutes") as well as the emergence of the discipline of "Islamic Religious Instruction" in colonial government schools. The volume argues that dynamics of cooperation between religious scholars and the British administration defined both form and content of Islamic education in the colonial period (1890-1963). The revolution of 1964 led to the marginalization of established traditions of Islamic education and encouraged the development of Muslim activist movements which have started to challenge state informed institutions of learning.